John Otter was born and raised in San Diego, California, where he began his art career as a printmaker. He received his BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, during which time he was also accepted to the New York Studio Program. John’s work strives to harmonize disparate concepts, merging notions of the synthetic and the organic, cities and nature, circuitry and water. His recent work on paper has been developing over the past decade from studies of systems and structures that caught his interest into what he considers abstract landscapes. Otter is interested in simplifying complex feelings, ideas and states of mind into visual playgrounds with space for the eye and mind to wander through and explore.